Rooted in Love, Lighting the Way
Our Mission: Rooted in God's abiding love for all, our church is lighting the way for friendship, compassion, and service.
Our Vision: We aspire to be a community where good questions are asked, the meaning-filled gospel of Jesus is lived out, and a sense of boundless love and home is found for every person.
Our church has "roots" in the community that date back to 1722. We have been a good neighbor in the community during times when we were surrounded by farmland up until now when we are surrounded by the suburbs. Our history helps us remember a time when people helped one another out because that was the right thing to do. We hope to be a sign that this kind of community can still exist. We also believe that, in order for that community to exist, we need to stay "rooted" in the Good News that God has chosen to love us - not because of who we are, but because of who God is. We call that grace.
RaysThat is where the "rays" come in. We hope to extend our love, and the love we know from the graciousness of God, in many ways today. This means engaging in friendships with those that Jesus would have made friends with - those that feel isolated for any number of reasons. We know we will never be perfect at that, but we will try! We are especially aware that churches have long held back from friendship with others based on age, economics, sexuality, race, disability, and the list goes on. We want to be something different than that. There are so many stories about how Jesus entered into life-affirming friendships with those that others wouldn't. We seek to be like Jesus.
Right there, in the center of it all, is the cross. For us, the cross is a "Tree of Life." It represents how God broke into this world to establish a new way of being alive. It symbolizes how God calls us to love with freedom, with recklessness even, if it means connecting the world to the wonder of God's transformative presence.
The four colors of the logo represent our primary ministry programs - Belong, Nurture, Rejoice, and Reach. We have a thoughtful and organized approach to our work and we believe that we have well-established pathways for people to connect and contribute.